CIO & CISO STRATEGY MEETING
Agile, Adaptive, Resilient, Bold
February 9, 2021 | Boston, MA
Ketan Vanjara, Chief Technology Officer and Enterprise Coach
Ketan Vanjara is the CTO and Enterprise Coach at Berkadia. Prior to Berkadia, he was the Global CIO for Core Banking, SAPIs and Microservices at HSBC. In addition to working for other MNCs like Microsoft and SunGard, Ketan also ran software startups focused on building mCommerce apps and other software products on mobile platforms. With over 30 years of experience, he has seen the evolution of technology from punch cards and mainframes, to mid-range, to client server followed by web, mobile and now cloud and devices. A futuristic thinker, Ketan has lot of faith in human potential and strongly believes the future belongs to imagination, inspiration and collaboration.
Alina Aronova, Senior Vice President Technology Operations | Chief of Staff for Global Technology Product
Alina Aronova’s professional mission has been focused on helping to create and execute corporate strategies that drive meaningful operational maturity and business transformations in diverse functional areas, industries, and organizations from startups to global enterprises.
As the SVP of Technology for the Global Product technology organization at Cengage, she is responsible for a cross-functional product delivery organization with a $22M+ annual P&L, across four major business totaling $180M+ of annual revenues. She is also in charge of the management and execution of all activities for the Chief Technology Officer and oversees Program Management and Agile teams.
Prior to joining Cengage in 2014, Alina was VP of Process Management for Euro-Pro LLC where she drove new business development, built a center for excellence, and overhauled the talent strategy in the program management function. Earlier she spent time with John Hancock Life Insurance Company, where she was responsible for ensuring the completion of global regulatory and compliance initiatives, rolling out project management processes and infrastructure and direction global-scale IT projects.
Alina is one of the few professionals to find success in large complex organizations, mid-tier companies and startups. She is passionate about her work and leading and mentoring others to achieve their goals. She currently is an executive sponsor of the Women in Tech Employee Resource group at Cengage, facilitates leadership training events, and has earned a reputation amongst her colleagues as a trusted advisor, natural relationship builder, and persuasive change evangelist.
She holds an MBA from Babson College and a Bachelor’s degree form Northeastern University. She resides in Newton, MA with her husband and two sons.
James Leslie, Chief Information Officer
Cambridge Housing Authority
Jay Leslie is a security-forward IT leader with over 20 years’ experience in the government and nonprofit space. Jay’s IT and information security career began in the passwords-optional 1990s when as a new intern stumbled across an unsecured spreadsheet containing salary information. Jay was a happy “hardware guy” through much of the twenty-aughts but seeing the impact of Nicholas Carr’s book “Does IT Matter? he transitioned to IT management with a cloud-focus and embracing both the cloud’s benefits and information security challenges.
Jay holds CISSP and CCSP certificates from (ISC) 2, an MPA from New York University, and a BA from Rutgers University.
Robert Sullivan, Vice President, Technology Shared Services
Bob Sullivan leads Agero’s Technology Shared Services organization. This includes Cloud Operations, Data Networking, Site Reliability, Cyber Security, End User Services, IT Procurement/FINOPS, and Telecommunications teams. Bob is the executive tasked with delivery of highly reliable IT solutions within this life safety organization.
Prior to joining Agero (2015), Bob held several roles at eGain (after their acquisition of Exony) including Director of Technical Account Manager, Director of Sales, and Director of Professional Services. He joined Exony from Stream where he headed Global Telecommunications.
Bob holds a BA in Business Administration. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two children.
Bob Guay, Head of Cyber Security
Bob Guay is a Cyber Security leader with over 20 years’ experience. He is currently the Director of IT Security at Momenta Pharmaceuticals. Bob has successfully built relationships within the business areas to incorporate Cyber Security and thus becoming a key business enabler. Bob architected, built, and maintained the security platform for a billion-dollar pharmaceutical company. He assisted in the design, build, and implementation of internet security for the Federal Reserve Bank. Bob implemented a Cyber Security training and awareness program for all users. He is a CISSP and a GIAC-GCIH. Bob is an ACSC (Advanced Cybersecurity Center) member and a presenter at several conferences.
Gerald Beuchelt, Chief Information Security Officer
Gerald is the Chief Information Security Officer for LogMeIn, responsible for LogMeIn’s enterprise security, compliance, and technical privacy program.
In his prior role, Gerald was the Chief Security Officer for Demandware, a Salesforce Company, responsible for the information security of the Commerce Cloud. He was also the acting Chief Privacy Officer and Data Protection Officer for Demandware’s German subsidiary.
At MITRE, Gerald was a Principal Information Security Engineer with a focus on securing web services, information assurance, and identity management technology and applying these technologies in the context of complex government environments. In this role, he worked closely with technical standards communities, business partners, and suppliers, as well as senior representatives of MITRE’s government sponsors.
Gerald worked before for Sun Microsystems, Inc. in various roles, including the Business Alliances Group of Sun’s Chief Technologist’s Office.
Gerald holds a Master of Science degree in theoretical physics.
Zafar Kamal, Chief Technology Officer
OFI Testing Equipment, Inc.
Zafar Kamal is the Chief Technology Officer at OFI Testing Equipment. He leads technology development, engineering, and commercialization of new product initiatives, and enhancing existing product portfolio. Bringing innovative and disruptive technology for measuring material properties in support of automation – drilling automation, process manufacturing, and risk mitigation.
His career is built on leading strategic growth and commercialization. With expertise in general management, strategy, execution, and commercialization while leading change across global multidisciplinary teams to take open-ended/new initiatives to self-sustaining and profitable operations. Before OFI, Zafar founded an advisory practice, B2XL LLC, previously he was a senior leader with BP, at senior executive positions GE, ThermoFisher Scientific, and ABB, management consultant at SHL Systemhouse, and an Artificial Intelligence engineer M. W. Kellogg.
With over 30 publications, he has a BS and MS in Engineering, and a Doctorate in Operations with a concentration in Applied AI and Systems Design, from the University of Houston.
Jennifer McLarnon, Chief Information Officer
Boston College High School
Jennifer McLarnon is the Chief Information Officer at Boston College High School, a Catholic, Jesuit High School for boys in grades 7-12. She is a strategic leader with a blend of experience in education, cybersecurity, information security, and risk management. She holds an M.S. in Cybersecurity, Governance and Policy, a C.A.E.S. in Educational Leadership, an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, and a B.S. in Environmental Geoscience, all from Boston College. She is a relationship builder focused on creating cultures that value privacy and security and is passionate about solutions that integrate security, organizational goals, and strengthen the enterprise. She is deeply committed to diversity, social equity, and belonging and serves as to mentor with Women in CyberSecurity-WiCyS and Hack. Diversity. She is also an adjunct faculty of Cybersecurity at Assumption University.
Julia Shapa, Senior Director Information Technology Operational Governance
Julia Shapa is John Hancock Senior Director, IT Operational Governance and Transformation – for Insurance IS Delivery Management Office. She has amassed diverse industry experience in Information Technology in finance and healthcare industries. Starting her career on the business side, she progressed to find a way to utilize her educational foundations in finance and technology received at Trinity College – into roles that tie together both sides: operations and IT. Having supported and led multiple transformational initiatives, she gained expertise ranging across a wide spectrum of technology and business areas. Her passion is performance optimization in IS organizations relying on a multi-pronged approach of analytics, governance, outsourcing, process improvement, and agile delivery methodology.
Hed Kovetz, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Hed serves as Silverfort’s CEO and is one of the company’s Co-Founders. He brings a unique technical and leadership background, including product leadership roles at Verint, where he led the company’s nation-scale cybersecurity product and won the company’s innovation competition for his patent-pending inventions. Hed previously served as a Group Leader at the famous 8200 elite cyber unit of the Israel Defense Forces, where he received the unit’s excellence awards and the Chief of Intelligence Corps Award for Innovation. Hed holds an LL.B. from Tel Aviv University.
Jordan Arnold, Cyber Security Manager
Jordan Arnold is a Cyber Security Manager at Darktrace, the world’s leading AI company for cyber defense. At Darktrace, Arnold works with leading organizations in a range of industries to deploy and operationalize cutting edge technologies. During Arnold’s time at Darktrace, the company has grown to over 4,500 customers and has been the recipient of numerous achievements, including Forbes Cloud and CNBC Disruptor 50. Arnold holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and is based in Darktrace’s New York office.